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Do you have Madden NFL 09 now? Have you been playing it a lot lately? Let’s hope so because you’ll need your football gaming skills if you want to participate in this national competition organized by EA and Best Buy. The EA Sports Madden Challenge is back. It started on September 5th in Los Angeles,CA, and it will finish on September 12th in Orlando, FL – the city where EA’s Tiburon develops its games. Read the following press release for more info. Are you ready for this?

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¿Tienen Madden NFL 09 ahora? ¿Lo han estado jugando bastante últimamente? Eso espero porque necesitarán sus habilidades del juego de fútbol americano si quieren participar en esta competencia nacional organizada por EA y Best Buy. El EA Sports Madden Challenge ha regresado. Ya comenzó el 5 de septiembre en Los Ángeles, CA, y terminará el 12 de septiembre en Orlando, FL, la ciudad donde Tiburon de EA desarrolla sus juegos. Lean el siguiente comunicado de prensa (en inglés) para más información. ¿Están listo para esto?

Press Release | Comunicado de Prensa

Finalists of the EA SPORTS Madden Challenge presented by Best Buy
to Compete at Beaches Turks & Caicos in January

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. & MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 17, 2008–Snap your chin strap and get ready to put your Madden NFL skills on the line as Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today the start of the EA SPORTS (TM) Madden Challenge presented by Best Buy. The Madden Challenge kicked off its seventh season on September 5 in Los Angeles and continues this week with stops in Minneapolis and Chicago, as part of an 18-city, two-month tour of NFL towns across the nation. The event culminates in a final tournament event held at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort and SPA featuring the new Italian Village where gamers will be competing for a chance at $85,000 in total prizes.

Tens of thousands of Madden NFL players from all around the country compete in the Madden Challenge each year, providing the same high-stakes drama that unfolds on the football field every Sunday. The first Madden NFL gaming competition was held by EA in 2001, which spawned what would become the Madden Challenge, an annual competition offering the best Madden NFL players in the world a venue for putting their skills to the test.

“Just as the NFL kicks off the first games of its season this fall, the EA SPORTS Madden Challenge presented by Best Buy will give gamers around the world a chance to feel the intensity and spirit of competition themselves,” said Brian Movalson, EA SPORTS Marketing Director. “Madden NFL 09 brings the most realistic graphics in the 20-year history of the game, so players in this year’s Madden Challenge will feel the every tackle and the rush of the crowd as they put their skills and pride on the line.”

“Games like Madden NFL 09 continue to enhance the gaming experience by adding new features and experiences,” noted Jill Hamburger, Best Buy vice president of gaming. “Best Buy has been changing the gaming experience in our stores by adding an interactive EA SPORTS area within the gaming section. This change and sponsorship of the Madden Challenge lets our Blueshirt gaming experts lend their expertise helping consumers create the ultimate HD gaming experience that puts them in the game.”

This year’s Madden Challenge includes a dedicated online program as EA SPORTS has partnered with Microsoft to bring the Madden Challenge to hundreds of thousands of potential participants via the Xbox LIVE(R) online entertainment network. From August 29th until March 1st you’ll get an entry into the sweepstakes when you play a multiplayer Madden NFL 09 game online and will score a new entry into the sweepstakes for each different day you play online. Register your gamertag now as there are great prizes to be won, including a trip for a winner and one guest to Tampa, Florida, to attend the EA Madden Bowl.

The Madden Challenge tour kicked off on September 5 at the Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles. The winners from each city stop will advance to EA SPORTS own version of the Super Bowl – the Madden Challenge finals from January 11-14, 2009 at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort and SPA in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Dates and locations for Madden Challenge venues are:

Date                                   Venue                                          Location
——— ——————————– —————–
9/5/08            Universal CityWalk                                    Los Angeles, CA
9/6/08            Universal CityWalk                                    Los Angeles, CA
9/7/08            Horton Plaza                                             San Diego, CA
9/12/08          Grapevine Mills                                         Dallas, TX
9/13/08          Grapevine Mills                                         Dallas, TX
9/14/08          Houston Galleria                                       Houston, TX
9/19/08          Mall of America                                         Minneapolis, MN
9/20/08          Navy Pier                                                   Chicago, IL
9/21/08          Castleton Square                                       Indianapolis, IN
9/26/08          King of Prussia                                          Philadelphia, PA
9/27/08          King of Prussia                                          Philadelphia, PA
9/28/08          Inner Harbor                                              Baltimore, MD
10/3/08          South Street Seaport                                  New York, NY
10/4/08          South Street Seaport                                  New York, NY
10/5/08          Government Center                                    Boston, MA
10/10/08        Lenox Square                                             Atlanta, GA
10/11/08        Lenox Square                                             Atlanta, GA
10/12/08        Florida Mall                                                Orlando, FL

EA SPORTS will travel around the country to host events where participants can register, enter and play in a tournament. Participants in the Madden Challenge will compete playing the game on the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Gamers in this year’s Madden Challenge will compete for prizes totaling $85,000. For more information on rules, registration and regulations, go to www.maddenchallenge.com.

Madden NFL 09, released on August 12, is the First Sports Game That Adapts To You. Madden NFL 09 will continuously assess your skills and adjust the gameplay to keep the experience both fun and challenging, whether you are an experienced player or just a rookie, all while training gamers to become better Madden players. The game has also added over 85 new features and enhancements, including a
brand-new broadcast presentation package featuring Cris Collinsworth and Tom Hammond, online leagues, and the most realistic graphics in franchise history.

Developed in Orlando, FL by EA Tiburon, Madden NFL 09 is available now on Xbox and Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION(R)3 and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment systems, Nintendo GameCube(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Wii(TM), Windows PC, PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) handheld entertainment system and mobile handsets. For more information check out http://www.easports.com/madden09.

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